Yummy Citrus Dishes

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We had the Citrus Desserts, but now we have some other delicious dishes inspired by citrus! Try one or all and make something new for the New Year. Enjoy.

Yummy Citrus Desserts

It may be winter, but Citrus is in season. Why not enjoy the zestiness of lemons and oranges during this cold time of year. These tasty citrus treats will bring a touch of summer sunshine into your kitchen, and all your family and friends are sure to enjoy these desserts, as well.

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Mandarin-White Chocolate Blondies

Lavender-Lemon Sugar Cookies

Lemon Snowball Cookies

Lemonade Rice Krispy Treats

Lemon Bars with Sweet Sour Cream Topping

Lemon-Poppy Seed Crisps

Perfect Lemon Bars

Lemon-Rosemary Olive Oil Cake

Sugar-Free Honey Lemon Cake

Lemon Pound Cake

Orange Poke Cake

Cocunut Lime Macaroons

Lemon Ice-Box Cookies

Orange-Creamsicle Cupcakes

Lemonade Cake

Mandarin Orange Cheesecake

Candied Citrus Peel

Quick Orange Rolls

Key Lime Swirl Cake

Toasted Coconut Orange Icebox Cookies

Pound Cake Two Ways

Lemon-Cornmeal Cake with Blueberry Topping

Toasted Coconut with Lime Zest Shortbread

Double Glazed Almond-Orange Bundt Cake

Tart Lemon Bread

Frozen Orange Cream Pie

Orange Poppy Seed Pound Cake

Orange Creamsicle Bars

Acing the Job Interview

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Job Interview Tips

In the world today, having a successful job interview is more important than ever. Everyone knows that you must be prepared, but how can you set yourself apart from the rest of the job applicants? Here are some tips to help you stand out and shine.

Do your homework. You already know this, right? Have an updated resume, references and some practiced answers to typical questions.  You will also need to do research on the company to be able to show that you can bring something to the business that the employer needs.  Linked in is a great place to check on the interviewer, as well. Try to look them up and find out about their history.

Don’t forget the basics.  Arrive early, and dress for success. If the environment is casual, you might not need a suit, but dress a step above what is normal for the company. Be sure to make eye contact and offer a firm handshake. Leave your cell phone in the car, or make sure it is OFF during the interview!

Sell yourself. You have done your research, so let the interviewer know what you can do for them. Match your skills to what the job requirements were. Explain how the skills or experience you have will fill their needs. Show them that you are the right person for the job.

You will usually get asked about long-term goals (think, “where do you want to be in five years?”).  Have a planned response to that, and show that you are on a career path that their company offers and that you will want to be a part of for a long time. Don’t let them think that their business in just a stepping stone for you and that you will only be there for a short time.

Always ask questions when the interviewer gives you the opportunity. Ask them what is a big issue they face and how could you help them overcome it, or achieve a goal. Another good question is to ask the hiring manager to describe their ideal candidate for the position. Asking if this is a newly created role or replacing someone is a good way to learn a little about the team you would be working on. Find out why the interviewer enjoys working there- ask them what is their favorite thing about being employed by this company. Don’t forget to ask them what the next steps are, so you know what to expect, and when to follow up.

You want to make the best impression at that all important job interview. Follow these tips for making the most out of the time you have with the hiring manager. Do your best, and you will be a success!

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Totally Awesome November 

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What Am I Worth?

What Am I Worth?

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Whether you are looking for a job, or wondering if your current job is paying you enough, it is always good to research pay ranges and figure out what you are worth. There are some great websites to start you off, but there are many factors to consider. Take the time to find out now.
To begin, use some online resources for a basic idea of what your salary should be. Payscale.com, Salary.com and Glassdoor.com are all good starting points for this research. Salary.com and Payscale.com focus on pay comparisons, while glassdoor.com also has other job resources.
Most of these websites will give you a salary range, or an ‘average’ pay, based on the job title, role, and location. Keep in mind that if it is an average, you could be well above or below that figure. If you live in an expensive city, the pay will usually be substantially hirer than in other locales.
You may not find an exact fit for your job title, so find the closest job you can. Consider your experience and education as well. Someone just out of college would not normally be at the same pay level as a worker with years of experience.
Glassdoor.com has reviews of companies, as well, so if you are looking to make a career move, be sure to check that out. Even in the same city, the pay for a specific job can vary, depending on the company. Use LinkedIn to find people employed by a company you are considering.
Do consider benefits in your overall compensation number. If you have about the same salary at two companies, but one has better insurance, or just more vacation time, you need to take all of these aspects of compensation into consideration. Also, you have to think about what is most important to you. Is the money your top motivation, or do you need flexible hours and lots of time off?
Be careful when talking to coworkers about pay. Find a mentor or someone you can trust, and have a conversation with them. You should generally be able to get a pay range from your boss or HR department, but it is still a tricky subject to broach with others. If you can get some of this information, it can definitely help if you want to ask for a raise, or just compare other jobs out there.
Make sure to also factor in any special training or skills you have. If you have had a great success rate or worked on a big project, let others know what you have done when you are negotiating a salary. You are an individual and want to be looked at for your worth, not just an average number.
Researching your worth is a benefit to you at any point in your career. Use these resources to get better compensated at your current job, or to better negotiate with a future employer. You are more than a number, but take time to find out what you are worth.

You Don’t Have to See the Staircase

Let me tell you this: failure is a normal occurrence in life. Especially when you are trying to build a business. Many people make the mistake of thinking that success is something that will come easily if it is meant to come at all. But that is often far from the truth. If you ask any successful businessperson about the path that they took to become successful, you will likely be surprised to hear about the many pitfalls, obstacles, setbacks, and outright failures that they experienced before they finally achieved success. After all, there is a reason that they say that for every two steps forward, there is one back.

Let’s take a look at some famous failures that you may not know about.

I’m pretty sure you may have heard of this woman named Oprah Winfrey. She’s an award winning talk show host, actress, philanthropist, and producer. She ranks among the wealthiest people in the world and is often cited as one of the most influential. But did you know that she was actually fired from her first television gig as a Baltimore news anchor? She also faced sexism and harassment while working there. She could have very well thrown in the towel and believed that she was not cut out for the media industry. But she kept pushing forward.

Walt Disney is the epitome of what many people would think of as successful. During his lifetime, he was responsible for the creation of 81 feature films, garnered over 950 awards (including 48 prized Academy Awards), built what is probably the most popular and successful amusement parks of all time, founded the California Institute of the Arts, and is the founder of Walt Disney studios. But did you know that his path to success was riddled with mountain sized roadblocks? He lost all of the rights to the character that became Bugs Bunny, he was fired from a newspaper job for lacking creativity and not having any good ideas. His grand opening of Disneyland was a disaster. Yet he went on to become one of the most recognized figures in the world.

R.H. Macy opened four stores between 1843 and 1855. All four of them failed. However, instead of chalking it up as a loss and giving up on his dreams, he learned from his mistakes and opened up a store that would go on to become what is now the largest department store in the nation. What would have happened if he had given up on his dreams just because he couldn’t see exactly where he would end up?

My point is this: you don’t always need to know exactly where your steps will lead you. Just know what your goals are, what your action steps are and take it one step at a time. There is a quote by Reverend Martin Luther King Jr that says it perfectly – “Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase. Just take the first step.”

I love this quote because it also touches on how it is so easy to get stuck in preparation mode. We want everything to be perfect when we are planning a business. We want to foresee and avoid every single possible obstacle or issue that might arise. We want to be like the ever-prepared Boy Scout – ready for anything and everything. So we plan, plan, plan. We also spend a lot of time learning about the business. What to do. What not to do. How to create a niche, How to target and attract your customers. How to build and lead a successful team. How to market effectively. But we spend so much time in this learning stage that we never actually fully implement what we learn. We never take that step away from planning and into action. However, at some point you have to move forward. Moving forward is the only way to gain momentum. And once you get that momentum going you could transform into a juggernaut – a force to be reckoned with.

So here is a challenge that I leave you with – step outside of your comfort zone. Take the next step – whatever that may be. Think about your “whys”. These are the things that would motivate you to take action and mover forward. One step at a time.

What is your next step on your staircase?